I’ve been walking past this portrait in the window of the framing shop on Kloof St for weeks on end, but on Friday morning, I stopped to look properly. Since hearing the news, we’ve gone about our daily lives, doing normal things like grocery shopping and seeing friends, but the special editions of the newspapers and the constant commemorative radio programming have kept the sad news at top of mind. Last night there was a portrait of the big guy etched in laser light on Table Mountain, and flags are half mast. Conversations have taken a more reflective bent, and in general there’s been a sense of shared emotion. It’s one of those times, to be savoured in their bittersweet rarity, when we all feel we are South Africans, no matter what.
We’re missing you, Mr Mandela. Thanks for what you’ve given us.
Nic Dawes, until recently the editor of the Mail & Guardian, and now working for the Hindustan Times, wrote this article that speaks to the experience of Mandela’s life and death for South Africans and for the world too. Read here (image of Indian schoolkids at a vigil for Mandela via Helen Walne).
And then, as the message is that we need to all emulate of this man’s life in order to grow in a positive direction, and a catchy tune and feelgood vibes help spread this kind of message, enjoy watching this from Trenton and Free Radicals: